Storm Recap. It's rough when you're right on the rain-snow line. That was certainly the case with this last storm; a 1-9" range in snowfall amounts just across the metro area. 1" in Jordan, 9" at Andover. If I went on the air and predicted 1-9" I'd be locked up for being barking mad! But that's precisely what happened. Alexandria picked up a cool foot, with some 15-20" amounts in the Duluth area. Had the storm not hooked 100 miles farther north, pulling milder air 4,000 to 6,000 feet above the Twin Cities last night, we'd be digging out from 6-12" in the downtowns. As it was everything shifted about 50-75 miles farther north. Much of the metro did see a plowable snow - a lot of people relieved they didn't have to shovel out from under a foot of cold, slushy glop. The ice didn't help matters either, a few hours of glaze ice during the wee hours of the morning snapping some trees, especially north/west metro. Word to the wise: if you like snow get out there this weekend, possibly the best weekend of winter for snowmobiling and cross country skiing. Considering we may reach 50 in the metro by next Tuesday you should take advantage of this (rare) late winter snow.
* photo above courtesy of Tricia Frostad in Chanhassen, where ice accumulated to a depth of about 1/10th of an inch, enough to bring down 3-5" diameter trees.
Snowfall Totals. Here's a good update from the local NWS office, showing the amazing range in snowfall amounts across the metro area. An inch or two southern suburbs, 2-4" in the downtowns, as much as 8-9" for the northern suburbs from Elk River to Ham Lake, Andover and Osceola.
More Amounts. Here are more details on how much snow fell across the state.
Wild And Windy Wednesday Along The North Shore. Check out some of these wind speeds in the Duluth area. Gale force winds.
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No worries Saturday. Temps will be near average with a little light rain/snow mix moving in Saturday night and Sunday. Temps on Monday warm into the 40s before our first real whack of winter chill. Check the blog for more. -Todd Nelson
We have been spoiled, pampered, for many months now. It was a balmy, super-sized autumn with people boating and mowing their lawns into early November. Remember? Now it's time for payback. A couple waves of arctic air will sweep southward, starting next week. There may still be accumulating snow next Wednesday and Thursday, with wind chills at or below zero the end of next week. A second, even colder shot arrives within 2 weeks with air temperatures possibly dipping below zero. January comes early this winter.
It's not the chill or even the snow/ice that bugs me this time of year. It's all those commercials on the radio. That, and a lack of sunlight. Or daylight for that matter. I swear the sun sets right after lunch. Christmas lights help, but what would really brighten things up is a fresh shellacking of snow! That could still happen next week as a real cold front arrives on howling northwest winds. It's time.
A light mix today turns to mostly wet snow showers and flurries tonight - a candy coating of slush is possible on lawns and fields, but if you're looking for plowable snow head west toward the Dakotas. We cool off into Friday and then warm up into the 40s early next week before a surge of much colder air arrives the latter half of next week. This numbing surge may spin up a major storm close to home. Too early for much speculation, but if you're traveling the middle of next week you'll want to stay up on the latest forecast.
Yes, it was odd tracking a line of heavy thunderstorms on the 28th day of November. But much of the year has been odd. Tell that to residents of Waseca, where a whopping 53.78" of rain has fallen, a new statewide annual record, and we still have a month to go. Yesterday's storm drags colder air into town with mixed precipitation coating lawns and fields by Wednesday and Thursday. No big storms brewing, just a cold smack the end of next week. Canada's way of saying "welcome to meteorological winter!"